The Self-Destruct Button

May 8, 2005
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"The Self-Destruct Button" is the seventh episode of the first season of Grey's Anatomy and the 7th produced episode of the series. It is also the 7th produced episode of the Grey's Anatomy franchise. It was broadcast on May 8, 2005.

Derek and Meredith try to be discreet as they spend the night together, but their haggard appearance speaks volumes to everyone including Bailey, who warns Meredith to end the relationship and Izzie who lashes out at Meredith. Meanwhile, George suspects an anesthesiologist if drinking on the job and Cristina's battles the flu while trying to not let it affect her surgical skills.



"Ok, anyone who says you can sleep when you die, tell them to come talk to me after a few months as an intern. Of course it's not just gthe job that keeps us up all night. I mean if life's so hard already why do we bring more trouble down on ourselves. What's with the need to hit the self-destruct button."
"Maybe we like the pain. Maybe we're wired that way. Because without it, I don't know, maybe we just wouldn't feel real. What's that saying? 'Why do I keep hitting myself with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop'."
- Meredith Grey


  • "Wish I" - Jem
  • "Downtown" - Tegan and Sara
  • "Suitcase" - Joe Purdy
  • "Hummingbird" - Wilco

Title ReferenceEdit

This episodes' title references the song The Self-Destruct Button, originally sung by Dana Monteith


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